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Fort Bragg reduces hours, closes schools during Hurricane Dorian

A generator rolls into a staging area at Simmons Army Airfield during Hurricane Dorian preparations, Sept. 4, 2019, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

TIMOTHY L. HALE/U.S. ARMY RESERVE

By RACHAEL RILEY | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: September 5, 2019

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — Fort Bragg will operate on a reduced manpower status Thursday as it awaits the impact of Hurricane Dorian.

Post officials announced Wednesday that adverse weather personnel, including contractors, will report to work as directed by their supervisors or chains of command.

Fort Bragg supports a total population of more than 280,000 that includes more than 51,000 troops and more than 14,000 civilians.

All servicemembers need to contact their commanders for guidance.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, officials expected Hurricane Dorian's "overall impacts to Fort Bragg," to be increased, based on National Hurricane Center data, officials said.

Officials said the Department of Defense Education Activity schools at Fort Bragg will close Thursday, and are expected to open during normal hours Friday unless "the weather drastically changes."

"We are working closely with our installation partners," said Jade Fulce, a spokeswoman for the agency.

If a decision is made about Friday, it will be announced on the DoDEA Americas Facebook page, Fulce said.

All Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities and services, including child development centers and child youth services, will be closed Thursday, except for for Callahan gym.

To further reduce the need to have servicemembers and civilian security guards work during Hurricane Dorian, eight of Fort Bragg's access control points will remain open Thursday. Those include: Chicken Road, Yadkin Road, Longstreet Road, All American, Simmons Airfield, Honeycutt Road and Randolph Street.

Womack Army Medical Center's Emergency Department will remain open, along with inpatient care, officials said.

The center's urgent care clinic will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and the Womack Family Medicine Residency Clinic will operate as a walk-in clinic from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Officials said outlying and specialty care clinics will be closed Thursday, and information can be tracked online or through Womack Army Medical Center's Facebook page.

The North and South Post Commissaries and Exchanges will be closed, but Old Glory Express, at the corner of Reilly and Gruber roads, will be open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Officials said all of the 82nd Airborne Division's dining facilities will remain open Thursday, except for Victory.

Power outages in barracks and other non-housing buildings should be reported by calling 910-396-0321, and backed up water should be reported by calling the same number.

Residents are asked to report power outages and maintenance emergencies to the Corvias Work Order Hotline at 866-206-1365.

"We are asking the community to take the time to help clear debris from the streets. Please move debris to a location where it will not flow back into drainage systems," officials said.

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